I’ve been a big fan of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since Desert Storm in 1991. The man is extremely media savvy and seems completely comfortable in front of a camera or as today, making a speech in front of Congress. He’s relaxed, witty and unflappable – as proven when he used the squawking of a protestor to emphasize the point that only in free nations such as Israel and the United States can such a person be heard without being silenced forever. His speech was relatively short – about half an hour – and hit all the main points. The speech was very well received by both sides in Congress, and it is clear that Netanyahu’s visit to Washington is much warmer this year than last.
Full text of speech here. One of my favorite lines: “This startling fact reveals a basic truth: Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East. Israel is what is right about the Middle East.”